Two Bedford athletes celebrated the end of a long season of competitive cheerleading this month at the Cheerleading AllStar World Championships in Orlando, Florida.
Shane Metcalf (BHS Class of 2023) and Stephanie Kezima (BHS Class of 2025) competed on JAG Smoke, an elite competitive all-star cheerleading team through JAG Cheer and Dance in Woburn.
Metcalf, who cheers in the Back position, has been working out and competing with JAG Smoke since the spring of 2022. Kezima, who cheers as a Tumbler, Flyer, and Base, had experience on teams at the JAG gym in the past and was recruited to fill a spot on JAG Smoke during the all-star season. Both athletes cheered on fall and winter varsity cheerleading teams at BHS this year.
Metcalf, who also served as captain of both the fall and winter varsity cheerleading teams at BHS this year, said “Attending the AllStar Worlds this year was exciting and so much fun! I loved watching the range of highly competitive teams and I was inspired by the entire experience!”
JAG Smoke, a team made up of 15 athletes from areas towns, traveled to compete in Worlds along with more than 500 teams from around the globe from May 4 to 7. More than 10,000 all-star athletes from 25 countries competed at the three-day event at the Orange County Convention Center.
After earning a spot and winning the Battler Round on the first day of the competition, JAG Smoke entered the team to compete in the World Championships the following day. JAG Cheer and Dance social media posted that the team is “the ultimate definition of what an athlete is and the staff at JAG Cheer couldn’t be more impressed with each” athlete. The team moved through the competition and ended up as 9th place finalists in the XSmall International U17 Level 2 Division.
Kezima said, “I have been competing with cheer for eight years and nothing has compared to this experience. I have had many injuries and missed the big competition at the end of almost every season in recent years. I feel so proud that I could join my team at the AllStar Worlds competition in Florida this year. This team certainly deserved this and I am so proud of us and what we accomplished!”